Grampians Accommodation and Travel Guide

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A Quick Look At The Grampians Region

Lying in the middle of the vast Mallee farming plains, the Grampians region is actually four small mountain ranges which occupy a total area of about 170,000 hectares. The region is now a National Park and incorporates a number of townships, including Halls Gap, Dunkeld, Wartook, Moyston and Pomonal.
The Grampians is one of Victoria's most popular inland holiday destinations and best known for its native wildlife, bush walking , rock climbing, wineries and local Aboriginal culture. The Grampians economy is almost exclusively reliant on tourism and has a complete range of accommodation options. There are numerous backpacker, caravan parks and camping grounds, as well as motels, apartments, cottages, B and B's and also a large number of luxury style properties

Brambuk

Brambuk is about bringing life to the history and culture of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung and aboriginal communities of south-western Victoria. Brambuk also has an excellent bush tucker cafe plus runs rock art tours of the area. Open 9:00am to 5:00pm daily - Free Entry.

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McKenzie falls

Mackenzie Falls is a popular scenic attraction and picnic area about 10 kilometres north west of Halls Gap, best seen in spring when the river is flowing - becomes a bit of a trickle during summer.

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The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles are a popular photographic location just a few kms from Hall Gap. The view from the Pinnacles takes in Lake Bellfield and the township of Halls Gap

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Attractions in the Grampians

The Grampians main attractions are mostly scenic with quite a number of attractions where you go to just look at the scenery, and even the Grampians other popular activity of hiking involves walking to locations to look at stuff. If you look closely you can find a number of activities which can add some diversity to your visit. The most popular activity is a visit to some of the local wineries , there are a couple of local wineries who cater to tourists with tours of their facilities and explaining their wines, but beware there are several so called cellar doors which are just sales outlets and the grapes growing around the property are taken away and processed by some multinational company.
History - the region has some fascinating history and its links with the gold rush of the 1850’s can be found in Stawell and Ararat plus there is some interesting relics of the gold mining settlement at Mafeking which is about 20 kms south of Halls Gap.There is a granite memorial erected in 1964 which marks the site of Mafeking township, however a lot of the site was destroyed in the bushfires of January 2006.

Other Attractions

For anyone with kids or grandkids, a visit to the Halls Gap Wildlife Park is a great way to fill in a day ( or half a day) The park is a few k's outside Halls Gap on the Ararat road and a very family friendly operation. The park has a good collection of native animals with lots of "hands on" things for the kids ( and big kids) to do. Prices are very reasonable and is recommended without hesitation.

Grampians Culture and History

Location

Halls Gap is located on the floor of the picturesque Fyans Valley, 250 metres above sea-level. Situated about 90 kilometres due north of the coast and 251 km north-west of Melbourne.
It is essentially a tourist village at the eastern edge of Grampians National Park – one of the state’s most outstanding natural features and a major destination for holidaymakers and bushwalkers. The main approaches are from the south (through the middle of the Grampians from Dunkeld on the Glenelg Highway), from the south-east (i.e., Ararat), from the east (via Stawell) and from the north (access is along a clearly signposted road which heads west off the Western Highway south of Horsham). .

History

Aborigines have been living on the land hereabouts for at least 5000 years. The first Europeans to traverse the area were the exploratory party of Thomas Mitchell. They camped atop the highest peak in 1836 and Mitchell named it Mt William after William IV, then King of England. He named the range after the Grampians in his native Scotland
Edward Eyre and Robert Briggs followed in Mitchell’s footsteps in the late 1830s but the first settler was Charles Browning Hall who set out in search of a suitable grazing run when he found the cattle market at Port Phillip Bay overstocked in 1841. He followed Mitchell’s route northwards, establishing a station just east of the Grampians in a spot known as ‘Mokepilli’ to the indigenous inhabitants (probably the Tjapwurong tribe) with whom he shared cordial relations. They acted as his stockmen and showed him their bush skills..

Landscape

The Grampians is small isolated mountain range located in the middle of the flat plains of Victoria’s south west. According to geologists it is actually four mountain ranges but it would be difficult for the average visitor to separate them .

Grampians Nightlife

Apart from dining out Halls Gap and Dunkeld have very little in the way of nightlife with the nearest cinema or entertainment venues about 50 kilometres away. The local pubs do occasionally provide live music but not a regular basis. The one exception is a local B & B which has the occasional Jazz nights.

Grampians Pubs and Clubs

Pinnacle Holiday Lodge Halls Gap

Mid Price

Pinnacle Holiday Lodge has Motel and Self-contained accommodation set on 4 acres of beautifully landscaped native gardens in the heart of Halls Gap. Self-contained and Motel styled spa units available with first class service and excellent facilties. Within 100 metres of the Stony Creek Shops, Cafes ,Bakery and Quarry Restuarant.

AVG/NIGHT$120 BOOK NOW

Comfort In Halls Gap Dunkeld Rd

Mid Price

Award winning 53 unit motel located close to the centre of Halls Gap.. Surrounded by gardens and natural bushland the Colonial offers guests uninterrupted views of the Grampians National Park. Guests are invited to dine in Darby's Licensed Restaurant which showcases fine local food and wines The Colonial also has a facilities for day and residential conferences.

AVG/NIGHT$110 WEB SITE

Grampians ChaletsWarrnambool

485 reviews

The Grampians Chalets are the perfect place to stay for that weekend away or family holiday amid the picturesque mountain ranges. Fully self contained with luxury appointments such as spa bath,microwave, dishwasher, TV, air-conditioning, all linen and a gas log fire. Special rates apply for 2 night and mid week stays. Standard cottages from $120 per couple per night plus $10 per extra person. Deluxe cottages from $175 per night.

AVG/NIGHT$150 WEB SITE

The Rocks Apartments Halls Gap

485 reviews

The Rocks Apartments offers a relaxed and friendly style of accommodation within walking distance of the centre of Halls Gap. A choice of one and two bedroom, open plan villas suitable for couples or families set in a neatly maintained garden setting. All villas are fully self contained with linen and towels provided.

AVG/NIGHT$150 WEB SITE

Ellimata Cottages Halls Gap

423 reviews

Ellimata, Country Lane Cottage and Lakuna Retreat have every possible convenience to make your holiday a memorable one. Cosy self contained 2 and 3 bedroom cottages with 2 master bedrooms ensuite and second bathroom (luxury spa in Country Lane Cottage and Lakuna Retreat.) The cottages can accommodate up to 8 persons comfortably in Ellimata and Lakuna Retreat and 6 persons in Country Lane Cottage.

AVG/NIGHT$150 WEB SITE
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Grampians Travel Options

Getting Here

Via Air - The closest link to the Grampians via air, is Hamilton (50 kms) which is serviced by Sharp Airline with daily flights in and out of the city - the closest rail service is via Ararat, which is about 30 kilometres away. The rail service is on the main Melbourne - Adelaide line so the standard of service is quite good
Coach services there are daily services which which connect to Ararat, Ballarat, Hamilton and Stawell, and a coach service that connects to Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Road which operates on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Local Travel

Due to its size and its small population, there is no public transport system in the Grampians, however there are daily bus services which connect with Ararat and Stawell but some are only one way and don't have a same day return.
Halls Gaps has a small shuttle bus service which also doubles as a taxi, they also run small sightseeing tours around the Grampians.
The closest dedicated taxi is based in Stawell, some 30kms away, apparently they will take bookings from Halls Gap but it may be costly.

Tours

The are a number of adventure tour operators in the region offering walking, hiking and climbing tours. The local indigenous culture centre, "Brambuk" runs two tours including a Dreamtime Creation tour which focuses on the local creation story and a "Six Seasons" tour takes in some of the best views in the Grampians - both tours incorporate visits to some of the Grampians ancient Rock Art sites.